The Official Word

by Rich Savitt



* The Free Lap Rule

* Race Numbers 101


Foothills1 lrCanyon Velo was well represented last weekend [editor's note Nov 10] in the Tour de Foothills Century.

This ride is challenging and features 8,405 ft. of climbing over 102 miles. GMR is one of the featured climbs but not the only one obviously... There were 151 male finishers. Club Members George Tomasich, David Stanton, Justin Corea, Justin Dobis, Chris Berstrom, and Bob Stipp participated as well as a potential new member Roger Reyes (hope I got everyone)

A brief assessment by one of the riders stated the following:

"Thanks guys for a great time on the road! The Justin duo did a fantastic job pulling the group all the way up to GMR starting line. Dave Stanton's memorable "first place" in his age cat riding with a broken front derailleur mechanism....well done Dave!"

CV results of note included:Foothills2 lr

1st place 50-59 age group and 12th place overall finish for Dave Stanton

7th place overall finish and 40-49 age group 2nd place finish for George Tomasich

7th place age 19-29 group finish and 13th overall finish for Justin Corea

9th place 30-39 age group finish and top 30 overall finish for Justin Dobis

Chris Berstrom also had a very good "Chip Start Time" (whatever that means)the chip time was within five minutes of George Tomasich but Chris finished in the middle of the 40 - 49 age group with his finish time. Again not sure of how the timing thing works in this race.


by Charlie Tatarian

EverestChallenge1EC is the California/Nevada State climbing championship. This epic event is a two day stage race in the Eastern Sierra covering 208 miles (approx 164 timed), climbing 29,035 feet in six majestic climbs. In recent years EC has been scheduled the third or fourth weekend in September; the perfect way to end a racing season.

Five of the six climbs are rated "HC-beyond category" and one is "merely" a Cat 1 climb. The Mosquito Flat climb, now third on day one, finishes at 10,250' and is billed as the highest paved road in the Eastern Sierra. The first climb on day one is South Lake at 9,835' and the finishing ascent on day two is to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest at 10,100'.


Read more: Everest Challenge 2012

by Ryan Mongan

branson1This is a race report for a pair of triathlons I did recently. These were my A-priority races for the year and now I'm resetting and getting ready for next year.

Up until a couple of years ago I was a dedicated bike racer. I did my first tri 2 years ago and this last weekend was my 14th for the year. I have done most of the distances but have never done a full Ironman length race. I really enjoy the shorter distances. They feel more like a race and less of an endurance competition. However, never say never. I'll probably sign up for a full Ironman in the next year or two.


Read more: Malibu Triathlon and Branson Half Ironman


Canyon Velo's Innaugural Escape Event

by Rich Savitt

We're heading up to LA to ride with Velo La Grange on their Nichols Canyon Ride on Sunday October 7.

The ride starts at 8AM from 1998 Westwood Blvd in LA.  We will meet at the Anaheim Hills Bike Shop to carpool, and leave promptly from the shop at 6:40AM.  See the ride description on the La Grange website for more details.

This is your chance to escape from our same old weekly rides; join the fun!




by Carl Moler

carl knees beforeOn the left is an X-ray of my knees before surgery... it is called the "Swaying in the Wind" look... no cartilage on the outside of the right knee joint... bone on bone... lots of pain... left knee little cartilage on the inside of the knee joint plus a number of bone spurs under the kneecap... not a lot of fun... was getting harder to climb on bike rides...









Read more: Knee Replacement



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